Is Cyclone Tauktae going to hit Karachi?

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The Pakistan Meteorological Department said that Cyclone Tauktae has changed direction and will not pose any threat to Pakistan’s coastline.

The Met Office said that the cyclone had changed its path when it was about 1,300 km away from Karachi. The system with winds of 100 to 120 kph gusting to 140 kph had been going north-westward at a speed of 18 kph.

However, the cyclonic movement had caused thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rainfalls in different parts of Sindh, including Badin, Thatta, Sujawal, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, and Sanghar districts of Sindh.

The dusty winds blowing at a 36 to 40 kph speed had decreased to 2 kph near the Jinnah International Airport.

The Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, has ordered an emergency in all the districts located along the coastline belt. He also instructed the concerned departments to take precautionary measures to meet any situation that might result from these conditions.

The Sindh government also barred fishers from going into the deep sea this week.
Furthermore, the Karachi weather department has urged people not to travel between 11 AM and 4 PM to avoid sunstroke.

The Sindh government has set up a Central Control Cell for the Tropical Cyclone Tauktae. Its helpline number is 1070, and it can also be contacted through phone numbers 021-99222967, email rainemergency@gmail.com, and the WhatsApp number 0317-0266875.

The cyclone is likely to reach the Indian state of Gujarat by Tuesday.

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